International Paper Physics Conference 2023 (IPPC2023)
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Prof. Long Bai

Northeast Forestry University, China

Long Bai is currently a professor at Northeast Forestry University (NEFU) starting from 2021. He has received the National Young Talents Program at 2022. He obtained his PhD degree in biomass material and engineering from NEFU at 2016, and then joined Prof. Orlando Rojas’s group as a postdoctoral research fellow for three and a half years at Aalto University (Finland) and University of British Columbia (Canada). His research mainly focuses on connecting fundamental and applied sciences using nano-polysaccharides-based multiphase systems to facilitate the widespread implementation of renewable, sustainable materials and processes under bioeconomy framework. He has received several grant funds supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, and the Natural Science Foundation of Heilongjiang (Excellent Young Talent Program), etc. In the past 5 years, he has authored over 40 peer-review papers in journals of Chemical Reviews, Nature Sustainability, ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials, etc., and the total citation is over 3100 with an H-index of 30.

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Prof. Warren Batchelor

Monash University, Australia

Dr. Warren Batchelor is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Biore-source Processing Research Institute of Australia (BioPRIA), part of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Monash University. He is also Director of Education in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He is the chair of the Standards Australia PK-019 committee, which develops standards for the pulp and paper industry and is the Australian representative on the international commit-tee, TC6. His major research interests are in sustainable materials, with a particular interest in materials from cellulose nanofibers (CNFs). He is a Fellow of Appita and he has been awarded the Ken Maddern award for out-standing paper published in the Appita Journal in 2013.



Prof. Shilin Cao

Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China

Shilin Cao is a professor in the College of materials engineering at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University. Prof. Cao received his PhD degree in pulping and papermaking engineering at South China University of Technology in 2006. Then, he work as a PostDoctor on biomass energy in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Geogia Institue of Technology from March 2009 to March 2011. His current research focuses on cellulose separation from biomass with ionic liquid (IL), Deep eutectic solvent (DES) and 4-Methylmorpholine N-oxide (NMMO), and biobased functional materials such as antibacterial and antiviral lignocellulosic fibers, flexible supercapacitor, paper-based triboelectric nanogenerator. Prof. Cao got more than a dozen research projects, published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal papers, wrote two books, developed a national standard, obtained 8 authorized Chinese invention patents.


Prof. Guangxue Chen

South China University of Technology, China

Professor Chen Guangxue is currently a professor of the School of Light Industry Science and Engineering of South China University of Technology, a foreign academician of the Russian Academy of Engineering, an expert with special government subsidies of the State Council, an academic backbone of the State Key Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Engineering, and a leader of the academic team of digital printing and intelligent packaging. The main research directions include bio based environmental protection and functional packaging materials, packaging printing anti-counterfeiting technology, printing electronics and intelligent packaging, etc. Received over 100 patent authorizations, published over 300 SCI/EI papers, and trained over 80 master's and doctoral students in the field of printing and packaging.


Prof. Huiming Fan

South China University of Technology, China

Professor Huiming Fan works in the School of Light Industry Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology. He is the leader of the fiber substrate formation technology team and the ancient book protection and restoration research team of the State Key Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Engineering. He is the director of Lingnan Literature Protection Research Center, permanent expert in environmental impact assessment of Ministry of Environmental Protection and executive director of Guangdong Papermaking Society.

He has presided over or participated in a number of major technological transformation projects of the State Council, national "Double Plus" projects, provincial major technological transformations, Innovation Fund of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and National Natural Science Foundation and so on. He has won many honors such as the second prize of Science and Technology Progress Award of China Light Industry Federation, the first prize of Provincial Science and Technology Progress Award, the Advanced Individual of Provincial Science and Technology Development and so on. He has published more than 130 papers in SCI, EI and core journals, and authorized 84 invention patents.

He focuses on the protection and restoration technology of paper literature, Batch repair devices and aging mechanism of paper literature, speciality paper, core technology and equipment for paper sheet forming, comprehensive utilization of incineration solid waste and so on.

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Prof. Shiyu Fu

South China University of Technology, China

Shiyu Fu, PhD, Professor of South China University of Technology (SCUT), Guangzhou, China. He obtained his PhD in 2000, and worked as PostD in IPST at Giorgia Institute of Technology from 2001 to 2003. He has been worked in the State Key Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Engineering, SCUT since 2004. His research focuses on the area of pulping, papermaking and biobased materials. He has 450 peer-reviewed publications and 40 pieces of patents. He was the excutive director of the State Key Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Engineering, and works as intrnational scientific member of International Symposium of Wood Fiber and Pulping Chemistry for many times. 


Assoc. Prof. Qinghua Feng

Hubei University of Technology, China

Qinghua Feng, Associate Professor of School of Materials and Chemical Engineering at Hubei University of Technology, received his Ph.D. from South China University of Technology in 2012. In July 2012, he joined Hubei University of Technology, and he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Natural Polymer and Polymer Physics Laboratory of Wuhan University in March 2015. He is mainly engaged in the research of biomass-based materials and special paper. His research focused on cellulose, lignin-based materials, mica, and aramid paper-based insulating materials. In recent years, He has published many papers in mainstream journals such as Carbohydrate Polymers, Industrial Crops and Products, and International Journal of Biological Macromolecules.

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Prof. Jiaqi Guo

Nanjing Forestry University

Dr. Jiaqi Guo is a Full Professor for Cellulosic Molecular Engineering and Functional Materials at the Department of Light Industry and Food Engineering at Nanjing Forestry University. He obtained his PhD degree in Rojas Group at Aalto University, Finland (2017), After 3 years’ postdoc research training in Walther Group in Freiburg University, Germany, he was appointed Professorship in Nanjing Forestry University, China. He is the recipient of Humboldt Foundation, National Natural Science Foundation of China and Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province. He has published ca. 60 papers and has recently awarded the Humboldt Fellow (2018), the outstanding doctor talent of Jiangsu Province (2021), Jiangsu Province Distinguished Professor (2022). His research interests concentrate on developing hierarchical self-assembly from the polysaccharides to create bioinspired structural materials for instance photonic materials.

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Prof. Zhibin He

University of New Brunswick, Canada

Dr. Zhibin He is the Limerick Research Chair of the Limerick Pulp and Paper Research Centre of the University of New Brunswick, Canada. He is also an Assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of New Brunswick. Dr. He has 30 years of experience in pulp and paper research.

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Prof. Ulrich Hirn

Graz University of Technology, Austria

Ulrich Hirn holds a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering, followed by a PhD in paper science at Graz University of Technology in 2006. After a brief stint at SCA R&D Centre in Sundsvall he returned to Graz, where he took a tenure track position and eventually became full professor for paper and fiber technology in 2018. Ulrich Hirn’s research interest is centered on fiber and paper mechanics, adhesion, paper-liquid interaction and more recently pulping technology.

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Prof. R. J. Kerekes

University of British Columbia, Canada

Richard J. Kerekes received his B.A.Sc. (1963) and M.A. Sc.(1965) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. (1970) in Chemical Engineering from McGill University.  He joined the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (Paprican) in 1971.  In 1978, Dr. Kerekes was appointed an Honorary Professor in Chemical Engineering at UBC where he initiated the co-operative post-graduate program between Paprican and UBC. He was the founding Director of the UBC Pulp and Paper Centre. Dr. Kerekes served as an Associate Scientific Editor of the Journal of Pulp and Paper Science from 1984-93, and in 1994 was appointed to the Joint Committee of the Journal.

In 2001, Dr Kerekes was appointed the first Paprican Professor of Pulp and Paper Engineering at UBC.   He retired from UBC in 2005 and served until 2010 as director of PAPIER, an organization of Canadianuniversity academics involved in pulp and paper research. 

In 1999, Prof. Kerekes was awarded the John S. Bates Memorial Gold Medal of the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada, and in 2010the Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal of TAPPI.   In 2018, Prof. Kerekes wasinducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame in Appleton,Wisconsin.

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Prof. Hongbin Liu

Tianjin University of Science and Technology, China


Hongbin Liu,Professor, working at Tianjin University of Science and Technology. He takes many roles such as the director of Tianjin Key Laboratory of Pulp & Paper, vice dean of Graduate School. His research fields involve in papermaking process and fiber-based products, especially on high-yield pulp application in paper, paperboard and tissue, enzyme application in fiber pretreatment, cellulose based specialty papers, biomass composite functional materials.

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Prof. Yu Liu

Qilu University of Technology, China

Dr. Yu Liu is the professor with the State Key Laboratory of Biobased Material and Green Papermaking, Qilu University of Technology. Now he acts as vice-principal in university, member of light industry professional teaching steering committee of ministry of education, director of Shandong paper industry association. In the past five years, he has presided one Sub-project of National Key Research and Development Plan and two National Natural Science Foundation of China projects. He has won the second prize of national science and technology progress, the first prize of ministry of education science and technology progress, the special prize, first prize and second prize of Shandong provincial teaching achievement award. He has published more than 80 of SCI papers and 15 authorized invention patents. He also serves as a reviewer of journals such as Bioresource Technology, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, and so on. His current research focuses on the catalytic depolymerization of lignin and the development of new lignin-based polymeric materials.

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Prof. Mark Martinez

University of British Columbia, Canada

Mark Martinez is a professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at UBC, with an associate appointment in Mechanical Engineering Department and affiliations with the BioProducts Institute and the Institute of Applied Mathematics. He is a Docent in Paper Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, KTH) and held the position of Senior research fellow at STFI in the paper technology group. He has supervised the research of 57 post-graduate students and 21 post-doctoral fellows. Of these 5 have gone on to be professors at other institutions and 2 are currently in leadership positions in national research institutes. With these students he has co-authored over 130 peer reviewed publications and is recognized internationally as an expert in fluid mechanics applied in pulp and paper science. Martinez has also produced several innovations of note. He co-developed continuous methods to separate particles by the controlling the yield-stress of the carrier fluid and a co-founder of a start-up company which can 3D print biodegradable plastics based on IP developed in his lab. Prof Martinez has made significant contributions to engineering training through several leadership roles at the University of British Columbia. He has served as Associate Head of the Chemical and Biological Department successfully reforming the curriculum and launching the Master of Engineering Leadership Program (Green BioProducts). He currently serves as the Director of an 8M endowment, the Advanced Papermaking Initiative. He has served as the Director of the UBC Pulp and Paper Centre from 2014-2020.  This is the largest such Centre in Canada.  Dr Martinez led the Centre though a transition in which emphasis on traditional pulp and paper technology shifted to new bioproducts. This led to creation of a Bioproducts Institute (BPI) within the Centre for which Martinez served as founding director 2018-2019.

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Prof. Yonghao Ni

University of New Brunswick

Prof. Ni is Ober Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Maine, Member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering/Member of the International Wood Academy of Sciences, Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick, and Director of the Limerick Pulp and Paper Research Centre.

His main research interests include: vitriol based functional materials, lignin chemistry and materials, biomass comprehensive utilization, new pulping bleaching technology, as well as the performance and application of high yield pulp and related technology industrialization. He has cooperated extensively with more than 40 companies and universities and research institutions in China, North America, Northern Europe, South America and Southeast Asia. He has trained 85 master and doctor students and more than 100 visiting scholars (including postdoctoral). He has published more than 500 SCI retrieval papers and authorized more than 40 international and domestic patents. He has received more than 40 awards and honors from Canada, China, the United States and Australia.

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Prof. Junli Ren

South China University of Technology, China

Junli Ren, Ph. D, Professor, works in School of Light Industry and Engineering at South China University of Technology. She graduated from Department of Light and Chemical Engineering, Shandong Institute of Light Industry, China from Sep. 1997 to June 2004 for Bachelor Degree and Master Degree. And then she studied at South China University of Technology, China as a PhD student. She have focused on the application of efficient conversion of lignocellulose biomass, especially in biomass refining based on pulp and papermaking and bioethanol, and established new theories and methods related to biomass component fractionation and conversion. Also, she has the research on protection of ancient books, especially in deacidification and enhancement of aged paper. Moreover, she has the research interest on the design of lignocellulose-based active carbon materials for adsorption and catalytic degradation of toxic gases in air purification fields. She has served as an editorial board member in a few journals such as Industrial Crops and Products, Journal of Renewable Materials, Paper and Biomaterials.


Prof. Jing Shen

Northeast Forestry University, China

Jing Shen was born on October 21, 1981 in Linyi (Shandong Province), China. He received BSc and MSc degrees from Qilu University of Technology in 2002 and 2005, respectively. He joined the Department of Pulp and Paper Engineering of Northeast Forestry University in 2005 as an assistant lecturer and was promoted to lecturer in 2008. He received a Ph.D. degree from Northeast Forestry University in 2010, and was promoted to associate professor and professor in 2010 and 2015, respectively. He was a postdoctoral fellow (August 2010 to November 2011) and a visiting scholar (July 2013 to October 2013, August 2016 to November 2016, January 2017 to March 2017) at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. He won several Chinese academic awards and honors, including New Century Excellent Talents Program for Universities (2012), Nominated National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation (2012), Fok Ying Tung Prize for Young Professors (2018), Longjiang Scholars Program (2018), and Cai Lun Research Excellence Award for Young Professionals (2020). He is now a Professor at the Department of Pulp and Paper Engineering of Materials Science and Engineering College, Northeast Forestry University, China. His current research focuses on sustainable papermaking processes & paper-based advanced materials.

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Prof. Kuizhong Shen

Chinese Academy of Forestry (ICIFP, CAF)

Kuizhong Shen, PhD, research professor (Grade III), and the chief expert of biomass pretreatment of Institute of Chemical Industry of Forest Products, Chinese Academy of Forestry (ICIFP, CAF). Research interests mainly focuses on new technologies for pulp and paper making, biomass pretreatment technology, and the classification and resource high-value utilization of fiber residues. Completed/participated in more than 20 projects of international, national and provincial level scientific and technological (S & T); published more than 100 technical papers (including 20 SCI papers and 9 EI papers); obtained more than 10 authorized patents; won 6 items of the national and provincial level S & T awards, including that of  the second level prize of the National, the first level prize of Liangxi, the second level prize of China National Light Industry Council, and the China Patent Excellence Award. The research results obtained have been applied to the high-yield pulp production lines of more than 20 domestic enterprises.

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Prof. Haiqiang Shi

Dalian Polytechnic University, China

Professor Shi received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Dalian Polytechnic University and doctoral degree from South China University of Technology, majored on pulp and paper making. He is postdoctoral fellow, University of New Brunswick and visiting scholar, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Now he works as a professor and Ph.D. supervisor at the Liaoning Key Laboratory of Lignocellulose chemistry and Biomaterials, Dalian Polytechnic University and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Transactions of China Pulp and Paper, China Pulp and Paper and Paper Science & Technology. His research interest is including paper-based functional materials and high value utilization of plant fiber resources.


Prof. Jaan-Willem Simon

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Jaan-Willem Simon completed his diploma degrees in Civil Engineering and in Physical Engineering Sciences at the TU Berlin in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Then, he moved to RWTH Aachen University where he worked as scientific co-worker and finished his PhD in 2011. Thereafter, he has been working as lecturer and group leader of the research group Composite Materials and Structures at the Institute of Applied Mechanics at RWTH. There, he finished his habilitation in 2018 and was promoted to supernumerary Professor in 2019. Since 2022, Prof. Simon is the head of the Civil Engineering Mechanics chair at University of Wuppertal. Further, he is recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the Johannes A. van den Akker Prize in Paper Physics.

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Dr. Shunxi Song

Shaanxi University of Science & Technology, China

Dr. Song received his doctoral degree in Pulp and Papermaking Engineering from Shaanxi University of Science & Technology, and as visiting Ph.D at University of New Brunswick, FPInnovations and Neucel Specialty Cellulose Ltd., Canada during 2012-2013. He has been working in Shaanxi University of Science & Technology since 2014 and his current research interests are paper engineering and high performance paper based materials. He serves as editorial board member of China Pulp and Paper, and Paper & Biomaterials. He won “Outstanding Youth Scientist Award of CTAPI” in 2020.

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Prof. Tetsu Uesaka

Mid Sweden University, Sweden

Tetsu Uesaka is a retired professor from Mid Sweden University. His area of research interests, while in the university, is complex systems (fibre networks, complex fluids, nonlinear dynamic systems), and he still has passion to continue to ponder complex systems found in biology and social sciences.

He received his doctoral degree from Kyoto University in 1980. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow in State University of New York , Syracuse. In 1982, he joined Oji Paper Company in Tokyo, where he learned and enjoyed problem-solving encountered in product development and papermachine operation. In 1988 he moved to Montreal to join Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (PAPRICAN). He worked on the fundamentals of product performance and papermaking issues. He later joined the senior management team of PAPRICAN to develop a program that embraces both the market thrust and sciences. In 2003 he took the professorship in Mid Sweden University and retired in 2017.

His honors include J. A. Van den Akker awards received in 2003, 2007 and 2018, together with his outstanding colleagues and students.

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Prof. Weibing Wu

Nanjing Forestry University, China


Weibing Wu is a Professor in the College of Light Industry and Food Engineering at Nanjing Forestry University. He received a master's degree and a doctor's degree from Southeast University in 2003 and 2008 respectively, and worked as a visiting scholar at Georgia Institute of Technology from 2013 to 2014. His research area focuses on cellulose functional materials and papermaking chemistry & engineering, and his research interest includes nanocellulose-based sensors, intelligent-responsive hydrogel, fluorescent nanocellulose, paper-based functional materials, and waste water treatment. At present, he has published more than 80 papers in various academic journals, including ACS Nano, Small, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Journal of Power Sources, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, Carbohydrate Polymers, Sensors and Actuators B chemical,etc.

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Prof. Qingang Xiong

South China University of Technology

Prof. Qingang Xiong is a tenured Full Professor at the State Key Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Engineering/School of Light Industry and Engineering, South China University of Technology. He is awardee of the National "Overseas High-level Talent Recruit Program" Youth Project in 2020 and "Future Chemical Scholars" of the Global Association of Chinese Chemical Engineers in 2021. He also won First Prize of the National Award for Progress in Business Science and Technology of China in 2022 (ranking 3/15) and Best Application Award for the First (2013) Supercomputing Application Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ranking 5/14). Prof. Xiong obtained Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences. After graduation, he conducted postdoctoral research at Iowa State University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and held senior R&D positions at Corning and General Motors from July 2016 to June 2021. Prof. Xiong’s research area are mainly simulation and experiment on multiphase flow and fluidization, thermochemical conversion of energy particles, flow and heat transfer of porous media, energy utilization and heat transfer enhancement. So far, Prof. Xiong has published more than 50 papers in authoritative journals as first/corresponding author, which has received more than 2500 independent citations from SCI journals; authorized one PCT and one Chinese invention patent; has led and completed one Frontier Project of the US Department of Defense (with funding of 500,000 US dollars). Currently, Prof. Xiong is in charge of a National "Overseas High-level Talent Recruit Program" Youth Project, a general project of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, two international (regional) cooperation and exchange projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and a general project of the Guangdong Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China. Prof. Xiong has served as panelist and reviewer of programs and awards for the National Science Foundation of the United States, the United States Department of Energy, the American Chemical Society, the China Society of Particuology, etc. Prof. Xiong has delivered 7 keynote/invited presentations at renowned international/domestic conferences; edited 14 special issues on biomass thermochemical conversion, fluidization, etc., in renowned journals such as ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. At present, Prof. Xiong is youth board member of the China Society of Particuology, head of CFD youth group of the professional committee “Process Modeling and Simulation” of the China Society of Chemical Engineering, and youth editorial board member of the SCI journal Biochar.

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Prof. Chunlin Xu

Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Chunlin Xu is Professor in Renewable Materials Chemistry at the Laboratory of Natural Materials Technology, Åbo Akademi University in Finland. His research activities are focused on the following topics: characterization of plant cell wall components, biomass processing, biopolymer chemistry and modification, and thus development of advanced biomaterials including using advanced fabrication techniques such as 3D printing. Dr. Xu has published 120+ peer-reviewed papers in major international scientific journals, 70+ conference proceedings and abstracts, and 2 patents; H-index of 33 (Web of Science). Dr. Xu has supervised 6 Postdocs, 6 PhDs (3 With Distinction), 9 MSc as well as currently having 2 Postdocs, 15 PhDs and several supporting researchers. He is an associate editor of Industrial Crops and Products and Frontiers in Bioengineering (special issue). He is the Board Member of the Johan Gadolin Process Chemistry Centre (PCC); the Director for the Biocity Turku BioMed research program “Biomaterials and Medical Devices” 2022-2026; the Steering Committee member of Multicomponent Materials Centre of Expertise for Additive Manufacturing (MMAM), and the member of the Shareholder Forum and in the Bioeconomy task force for Clic Innovation Ltd (innovation cluster in bioeconomy, energy, and cleantech).


Prof. Feng Xu

Beijing Forestry University, China

Dr. Feng Xu, a professor in College of Materials Science and Technology of Beijing Forestry University. Expert of the Special Government Allowance of the State Council. Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Sciences. Member of the Institute of Chemical Industry of forest products of the Chinese Academy of Forestry. Member of the Technical Committee of the China Cellulose Industry Association. Associate editor of "Journal of Beijing Forestry University". Editorial board member of 4 international SCI journals as well as "Biomass Chemical Engineering" and "Journal of Forestry Engineering". Focus on the research of efficient utilization of biomass resources. Granted a number of funds, such as the 13th Five-Year Plan National Key R&D Initiative Project, the 12th Five-Year Science and Technology Support Plan, and the National Outstanding Youth Foundation. Innovative results have been achieved in the separation of the main components of biomass and the preparation of chemicals and materials. Published more than 200 academic papers, 15 national invention patents of China. Awarded 1 Second Prize of Nature of the Ministry of Education, and 1 First Prize of Invention of the Society of both Light Industry and Forestry.


Prof. Xuejun Zou

Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada, Canada

Dr. Xuejun Zou received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from McGill University in 1991.  He is currently the Manager for BioKraftTM Process group at FPInnovations. He has worked in a number of research areas including paper degradation during aging, paper coating, paper performance and more recently tissue and packaging performance. He has been active in promoting technical exchanges and R&D collaborations between Canada and China, including playing a leading role in setting up the China-Canada joint research program on expanding the application of high-yield pulps in high-quality coated papers. He was a board member of SENTINEL University Network on development of bioactive paper, funded by the National Science & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) in Canada (2010-2015). He was also a lead scientist and a member of the Scientific Operations Committee of the NSERC Innovative Green Wood Fibre Network (2012-2015). He co-supervised graduate students with the University of New Brunswick, University of Toronto and Karlstad University (Sweden). His technical expertise has been sought frequently by governments and industry in Canada and China, e. g. volunteer experts for the Chinese Ministry of Education and Bureau of Foreign Experts, technology assessment for nanotechnology companies going to IPOs and expert witness for companies with legal dispute in product quality. Dr. Zou has published over 70 technical papers, contributed to 4 books and hold 4 patents. His technical contribution has been recognized by numerous awards from Canada, US and China.